Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The End of the Teachings

The old man and his student sat in silence
For one thousand and one days.
A flame flickered in the fireplace,
And they gazed upon it loosely.
When the student drifted off to sleep,
The old man said, "Wake up and listen!
You are good.
Now go. Go away from me,
and when you return, bring back stories.”